At the age of 43, Barb Goettig of Davenport went in for her routine mammogram thinking it would be a “piece of cake” and that she would return to work with no worries. But before she left the doctor’s office, the radiologist said he could see a spot on her right breast and was 99 percent sure that it was cancerous.
In celebration of Goettig’s courageous breast cancer journey, the Komen Quad-Cities Race for the Cure has chosen her as the honorary survivor chair of the 2013 race, which takes place June 8 outside the i wireless Center in downtown Moline. She was nominated by her nieces, Jennifer Stender and Kathleen Myers.
After six months of chemotherapy and 30 radiation treatments, Goettig completed her therapy. Her co-workers at Per Mar Security and her family helped her through the journey.
“This is the card I was dealt. I dealt with it and moved forward with a smile on my face,” said Goettig, now 58.
“From the moment Barb was diagnosed with breast cancer, she exhibited great courage and optimism. When discussing possible side effects of treatment, Barb always had the ‘we will see what happens and deal with it’ attitude. She was always positive and full of hope for her recovery,” Stender said.
Goettig has participated in the Race for the Cure since the 1990s, but it takes on new significance for her now. “It’s a good reminder to all women that you have to take charge of your health. Get that mammogram,” she said.
Online registration for the 2013 Race for the Cure is available at komenquadcities.org. Simply click on the registration link to sign up. A $5 savings is given to online registrants. The race includes 5-kilometer and 1.2-mile walks/runs.